ETA: Circle of socks. And go see all the gorgeous socks here!!!
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Sit n Knit NY, my knitting group, hosted a sock exchange we dubbed secret feet. I signed up and received my pal's info. Tomo (bloggless but I have seen her amazing work at meetups) said she liked sky blue, sage, warm yellow, soft yarn, not lacy socks and she kind of wished she had these. I was not sure about the Knitty pattern and I took one look at my sock yarn stash and knew I just simply had nothing there... I was in trouble... I received my copy of Favorite Socks and Ilga's socks by Nancy Bush called Tomo's name. Off I went to LYS looking for soft sock yarn in sage. But in yarn sage is very open ended! What color is sage to you? Koigu seemed the obvious choice but none of the LYS in NYC had the right shade and i did not want to buy on line since I knew I had to see it. At Purl Soho I found this from Nature's Palette, all natural dyed merino, and I had the other Koigu colors at home. I had option 1 and option 2 of color combinations. I went with option 1. To get the gauge I had to knit on size us 0. my first time on such small needles. Remind me not to use 0 again for fair isle. I decided to change the pattern a bit, without the braid at the top, less stitches for the foot and to knit Tomo's name into the sock. I did each fair isle section separately and after that together. I did not like the way the toes knit up according to the pattern, so I frogged it ( a day before the deadline!) and did a classic toe. The hardest thing was knitting for someone by measurements and not by trying it on my foot. I was in suspense until she had them on! They fit!!The sock exchange was awesome. We all ended up with very happy feet. I am waiting for my sock buddies to post group pix so I can post them, but I received the most luxurious pair of Rosa's Socks in the richest red koigu. I looooooooove them! They are awesome Annie!! Thanks.